San Jose Sharks: Tracking every traded first-round pick in team history

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2007 — Max Pacioretty

It wouldn’t be until almost eight years later on February 25th, 2007 that the Sharks would trade a first-round pick that they originally owned again. This trade saw San Jose exchange a 2007 first-rounder and defenseman Josh Gorges for Habs’ defenseman Craig Rivet and 2008 fifth-rounder.

Rivet would only spend two seasons with the Sharks. Over the course of those two seasons, Rivet only played in 91 games and scored 43 points (six goals, 37 assists).

Rivet was solid defensively, as he sported a +11 plus/minus over his two seasons with the Sharks, however, he took a decent amount of penalties (116 penalty minutes).

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With the 2007 first-round pick the Sharks sent over, the Habs would select left wing Max Pacioretty at 22nd overall. Pacioretty has had quite a successful career so far, playing 763 games over 12 seasons and scoring 554 points (280 goals, 274 assists) over this time.

Pacioretty spent his first 10 seasons with Montreal. Over those 10 seasons, he played in 626 games and scored 448 points (226 goals, 222 assists). With Rivet’s short stint with the Sharks and Pacioretty’s very successful Habs’ career, it seems the Sharks lost this trade.